Suffolk Coastal is celebrating the success of its Enabling Communities Budget this month as funding pumped into communities reaches over £1 million, since the scheme launched in December 2013.
So far, our councillors have supported over 750 projects and community initiatives which equals to £1,038,048. Support has also been given to 23 projects through Suffolk Coastal’s Exemplar Grants programme, amounting to £187,940.
The budget has supported everything from new play areas, improvements to community buildings, charities which help the youngest and oldest members of our communities, sports clubs and activities which cater to all ages, community tree planting and lifesaving defibrillators – with the list continuing to grow as Enabling Communities funding reaches communities.
The good news coincides with the launch of the public vote in this year’s Suffolk Coastal Business & Community Awards in the Enabling Communities category which recognises four projects which have received funding from the Suffolk Coastal Enabling Communities Budget or Exemplar Grant over the past 18 months.
The public will have the ultimate decision whether Deben Community Farm, The Long Shop Museum in Leiston, Kesgrave Computer Club or the Aldeburgh Play Area Project are worthy of this award, with voting open until Wednesday 28 February.
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, cabinet member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said:
“Over the last 4 years, we’ve supported the breadth of our communities, including young and older people, protecting heritage and teaching crucial life skills and this is reflected by our four Enabling Communities Award finalists.
“We’ve always felt that communities are the best place to decide what their needs are, which is why we’ve always encouraged people to get in touch with their local councillor with their project ideas.
“We hope that the fund can continue to go from strength to strength.”
The winner will be announced at the awards dinner at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall on Thursday 15 March.
This year each of our councillors have £6,500 to allocate to new projects, enhancing existing projects or community groups in their ward.
To find out how your local councillor is spending their budget, visit their contact details pages.